I'm the Statehouse bureau chief for New Jersey 101.5, covering the governor, Legislature and state politics, and had previously covered the Statehouse for Gannett newspapers for more than 15 years. I'm a lifelong New Jerseyan -- raised in Bergen, living in Hunterdon, Rutgers graduate. I'm co-author of the 2012 biography 'Chris Christie: The Inside Story of His Rise to Power.' I am not the Iron Chef with a similar name though sometimes get tweets meant for him, especially around Thanksgiving. Believe me, you don't want my cooking tips.
NJ might change law to make overturned PARCC rules valid
To make sure graduation isn't disrupted for high schools seniors, legislators look to adjust state law so that overturned graduation rules become compliant.
Could $15 minimum wage in NJ lead to higher property taxes?
A plan to boost New Jersey’s minimum wage by nearly 70 percent over the next five years cleared its first hurdle by a party-line vote Thursday.
Shining a light on ‘dark money’ in New Jersey politics
The public might gain access to now-secret information about the big-money contributors to issue advocacy groups in New Jersey.
Union County murders drop to nearly 50 year low
The number of murders in many of New Jersey’s urban counties appears to have fallen last year. In Union County, it dropped by more than half.
NJ looks to reduce maternal deaths, among highest in nation
State lawmakers advanced a package of 14 bills aimed at solving a problem on the rise: New Jersey has one of the nation’s highest rates of maternal mortality.
Murphy calls for $2.1B replacement for Newark Airport monorail
Gov. Phil Murphy says the AirTrain should be replaced alongside rebuild of Newark Liberty International Airport's new Terminal One and before PATH extension.
N.J. considers ban on leasing dogs and cats
Pet leasing, a recent trend critics call deceptive to consumers, would be prohibited in New Jersey under a bill endorsed by an Assembly committee.
For 13,000 in NJ, tuition-free community college starts this week
The spring semester that begins this week at many N.J. community colleges will be tuition- and fee-free for about 13,000 students under a new state program.
NJEA members rally to reduce their share of health care costs
Hundreds of NJEA members delivered petitions with more than 116,000 signatures asking lawmakers to reduce what they pay for health insurance.
Deal reached on gradually raising NJ minimum wage to $15
New Jersey's elected leaders reached agreement on a $15 minimum wage – by 2024 for most, 2026 for seasonal and small-biz workers and 2027 for farm workers.